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Indian Home minister once again cries about attempts to revive militancy in Punjab

June 5, 2013 | By

New Delhi, India (June 05, 2013): As per media reports Sushil Kumar Shinde, Home Minister of India, said on June 05, 2013 that Pakistan’s ISI is trying to revive militancy in Punjab.

While addressing the Chief Ministers’ conference on internal security in Delhi, Shinde reportedly said: “Punjab militancy threat growing again. Sikh youths being trained by ISI (Inter Services Intelligence) facilities in Pakistan. Sikh youths in US, Europe are also being motivated in this regard”.

Sushil Kumar Shinde

According to Zee News: “[a]ddressing the Chief Ministers’ Conference on security in the national capital, Shinde said there had been ‘significant development on the Sikh militancy front with its commanders in Pakistan under pressure to further the ISI (Pakistan spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence) terror plans”.

“Sikh youths are being trained in ISI facilities in Pakistan,” he said, adding that the interrogation of suspects has revealed the use of “jailed cadres and unemployed youth to unleash terror attacks” Zee News report reads further.

India’s Home Minister claimed that a large quantity of RDX and other explosives were finding their way into Punjab from across the border.

It is notable that it’s a routine practise of Indian agencies as well as government representatives to make these statements, mostly unfounded, in order to create an hostile atmosphere that could be used to curb Sikh political activism.

It is notable that in August 2009 Indian state launched an organized campaign against the nationalist Sikh leadership. Bhai Daljit Singh, then President of Akali Dal Panch Pardhani, along with many others was framed under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

In September 2012 Bhai Daljit Singh was again arrested along with ADPP President Bhai Kulvir Singh Barapind on same charges that were levelled against him in 2009 case.

In both these cases India has failed to prove any of the allegations, but both the Sikh leaders, besides many other political activists, remain behind the bars.

A political analyst told Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) that there had been a persistent policy under which these statements are made by the ministers or intelligence chiefs, so as to create a false impression of revival of militancy. This impression is used to justify the suppression of political activism of the struggling groups.

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